News briefs for Oct. 6

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Love INC is looking for church volunteers to answer phone calls from people in need twice each month. Shifts are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Love INC Clearinghouse. Training and supervision will be provided. For more information and location, call the business office at 526-4400 or 826-0234.

Special Olympics
group recipe fund-raiser
Send in your favorite recipes to appear in a book that should be available for Christmas. The deadline is Oct. 18. Cookbooks, which will be priced between $8 and $10 and will be available for sale during the craft fair in December and at local grocery stores. Enter as many recipes you wish. Send hard copies (preferred) to Bonnie Dalton, 405 Hawthorn, Craig, 81625 or Cheryl Chase, 630 Hockett Circle, Craig, 81625. You can also e-mail recipes to bdaltongang@yahoo.com or granno56@yahoo.com. Businesses interested in helping to sell the cookbooks are encouraged to contact Bonnie at 824-0222. For more information, call 824-0222 or 824-2258.

Defensive driving class
offered by CNCC
Colorado Northwestern Community College is taking registrations now for a course that will be held Dec. 8 and 9. This course will consist of two, four-hour evening classes at the Center of Craig, 600 Yampa Ave. No actual driving will be conducted in class. Instructor, Keith Antonson, a certified Defensive Driving Instructor, will cover subjects such as being prepared to defensively drive while considering that the other drivers on the road might be drunk or falling asleep at the wheel. Defensive driving techniques with animals on the road also will be covered. The State Patrol reports that as many as 68 percent of accidents in our area are cars versus animals. The course also will review winter driving techniques and maneuvering in icy situations.
The course carries a half credit and Moffat County residents will receive the resident discount. An additional $11 fee covers the materials provided. Register through the college or call for more information 824-1135.

Youth hockey hosts
intro to skating program
For beginners or novice players, this program will have the basic instructions on how to skate and play hockey. All ages, including adults, are welcome. The fee for the Introduction to Skating and Hockey program will be $25 and includes protective equipment. Skates will be available for $1 a session. Adult protective equipment is limited. You may register at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department, 300 W. Fourth St., or call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Loni Cleverly at 824-8324.

Hayden Rec offers English riding seminar
The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring an English Riding Seminar through the Downvalley Pony Club. The seminar will give riders exposure to English riding technique and style Saturday mornings Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the indoor area in the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The cost is $86 a person. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. Riders may bring their own ponies or use our gentle, experienced ponies. Helmets are provided. Class times are scheduled according to age group. Call Becky Thayer at 824-0311.

Number of whooping cough cases is on rise
The Colorado Department of Health is reporting a record number of pertussis cases in the state.
As of Sept. 22, 508 pertussis (whooping cough) cases have been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At that rate, Colorado could be faced with the highest number of pertussis cases since 1956.
Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread by respiratory droplets and contact with respiratory secretions. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop seven to 10 days after exposure (range is between five and 21 days).
The DtaP vaccine shortage is over, and the Colorado Board of Health reinstated the fourth and fifth dose DtaP school immunization requirement. Studies indicate that the acellular pertussis vaccine is 80 percent to 85 percent effective. The pertussis vaccine is not licensed for use in individuals older than 6, and the pertussis immunity wanes with time. Thus, vaccinated adolescents and adults may be susceptible to the illness.
Report pertussis cases that are lab positive and/or clinically diagnosed to your local health department or the CDPHE 1-800-866-2759.

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